Social commentary from The Clockworks
Jul19

Social commentary from The Clockworks

Drawing comparisons to the likes of The Streets, Artic Monkeys and The Libertines Galway Indie-Punk band The Clockworks make writing social commentary attached to a catchy hook look easy. The groups latest single “The World Owes Me A Favour” is some of their strongest writing to date and they are backing it up with Irish and UK dates. Wedged full with precise comments and razor sharp observations The Clockworks take the Irish political system to task. And they do so while referencing some of the great Indie-Punk social commentators of recent times creating a sound that is International but is playing out in each of our living rooms. Rusangano Family did it from Limerick and now The Clockworks are embracing the values of punk to decry the current state of affairs in Ireland from outside the capital. Heralding a situation where meaningful commentary is being created in the vacuum left by Dublin demanding to be heard. Catch The Clockworks when they play: Aug 26 – 96/1 Festival, Cork Sept 21 – Roisin Dubh, Galway Watch the video for “Te World Owes Me A Favour”...

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10 Things to see at Townlands Carnival
Jul17

10 Things to see at Townlands Carnival

Townlands Carnival returns for a third year to Rusheen Farm this weekend, July 21-23, with headliners Jeru the Damaga, Brushy 1 String, King Kong Company set to take the stage over the three day event. Here at Musician.ie we compiled 10 things to see at this years Townlands Carnival 1. King Kong Company are bringing the Buckie to Rusheen Farm with a show full of noise and rumble. After tearing down the tent at Glastonbury 2017 King Kong Company bring to Townlands Carnival some inimitable “21st century swagger” (Irish Times), whose “live shows are events, built from sweat soaked late-night electronic buzz and rumble” (Last Mixed Tape) and who were recently crowned the Best Irish Live Act 2016 (Pure M Awards). 2. Limerick comedy/hip hop duo The Rubber Bandits a satirical stage and television act, have performed throughout Ireland, the UK and the US with shows at events such as Electric Picnic, Oxegen and the Bulmers International Comedy Festival. 3. Meanwhile, Cork’s favourite spandex-wearing duo are on a mission to change the world with dance. Lords of Strut make an exhilarating addition to a diverse and highly charged line-up in the Village Hall. 4. Slamboree is a live band with a Smörgåsbord of circus performers, daredevils and entertainers fusing bass-driven beats with live orchestra, guitars, percussion, loops, visuals, brass, accordian, pyrotechnics and circus. 5. The Cirque Du Freakout Big Top will be parking up at Townlands Carnival 2017. Bringing with it the great LIZAÏA who will present to you its most enchanting dances, acrobats, musicians, dishevelled and introduce to you Rosa the great fortune-teller. Let yourself be bewildered by our most crazy magicians, dissimulating in their sleeves their diabolical tricks. The festival will be in full swing with new attractions. Try your luck, test your strength and abilities in the funfair. The merry electronic fanfare will play through the day, its most beautiful tunes, accompanied by dirty bass, for demanding music lovers. Don’t be afraid! Let yourself be surprised, and fall into the universe of Le Cirque Du Freakout. 6. In a society where talent abounds and opportunity is scarce, a genuinely unique and courageous underground artist fights to rise up from obscurity into the pages of history This is Andrew Chin—a.k.a. Brushy One String—the son of the late great Freddie McKay, one of Jamaica’s most renowned artists. Brushy has reached the hearts of many through the power of original song,With a soulful voice and infectious guitar melodies, Brushy “soothes souls and rough hearts” as he continues to perform from Jamaica to a worldwide on his one string guitar. 7. Theatrical walkabouts roam the Townlands breathing new life into...

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Tanjier dazzle with new single “Yu”
Jun23

Tanjier dazzle with new single “Yu”

Currently, Tanjier are holed up somewhere in the West of Ireland recording their 2nd EP, due out in September and many of our regular readers will remember their debut EP “Sunrise” was one of our favourites from 2016. “Yu” is the debut single from this new EP and is set for release June 24 with a show in Whelan’s, DUblin. After finding each other in Tanjier, Morocco in 2015 the band have been creating dark broody electro pop since. “Yu” sees a slight change in lineup and with it their sound is more heightened, stripped back, and raw. Tanjier have always looked beyond the shores of Ireland, their sound definitively international and it is no more apparant than with “Yu” where influences like London Grammer, 1975 and Jack Garrett are evident. I would include James Vincent McMorrow and his American influences in that list as there are RnB elements to “Yu” as well. Maybe their music lends to it but Tanjier in their writing focus on mental health allowing the listener to wallow in their own preoccupations while simultaneously reaching down and pulling you up and offering you hope. Tanjier have grown up and are showing their stripes with “Yu” and I can’t wait to hear the rest of what they have to offer. Check out Tanjier when they play: 24 Jun Whelan’s,Dublin, Ireland 15 Jul JJ Harlow’s,Roscommon, Ireland 21 Jul Ballinamore Free Fringe Festival, Leitrim 22 Jul Ballinamore Free Fringe Festival, Leitrim 23 Jul Ballinamore Free Fringe Festival, Leitrim 29 Jul The Hole in the Wall,Kilkenny 05 Aug Arcadian Field Festival, Dundalk 06 Aug Cottage Festival 2017,Cavan 11 Aug Secret village...

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Video of the week: Ailbhe Reddy’s “Fingertips”
Jun09

Video of the week: Ailbhe Reddy’s “Fingertips”

Ailbhe Reddy has come out fighting with her latest release Attach To Memory and the EP demonstrates the positive affect touring has had on the Irish singer/songwriter with up-tempo led tracks and strong but simple accompaniment. ‘Fingertips’ is the lead track from the EP and the track and it’s accompanying video are true to Reddy’s vision. Never one to shy away from a topic that is affecting on ‘Fingertips’ Reddy explores female sexuality with a frankness and honesty we have come to expect from her. The video is a graphic visual representation of what it feels like to fall for someone. First, it’s a lightening touch before being overwhelmed in emotion, and paint. Ailbhe Reddy is an artist with a clear vision of who she is and what she’s about. No apologies given take her as she is which is a glorious representation of Irish women in 2017. And she has just been added to the Glastonbury lineup along with a full festival lineup over the summer, a sign of things to come. Check out ‘Fingertips’...

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Song of the Day: Pine The Pilcrow “Dahlia”
May12

Song of the Day: Pine The Pilcrow “Dahlia”

After stunning Irish media and fans alike with their self-titled debut EP in 2016 Pine The Pilcrow return in 2017 with a new agenda and promise of a second EP in May. “Dahlia” is our first taste of their new music. As we saw last year Pine the Pilcrow make their own rules and the hypnotic, dreamlike quality of “Dahlia” calls on folk traditions but it’s their unorthodox approach to these traditions that make them such an exciting Irish act. Combining classical and pop elements into “Dahlia” we find Pine the Picrow at their most innovative and a reminder of why they created such a buzz when they emerged onto the scene. Catch Pine THe Pilcrow on the following dates June 2nd YouBloom June 3rd Vantastival, Louth June 23rd Civic Theatre June 25th Body and Soul July 21st Ballinamore Fringe Fest July 28th The Tin Church Laragh, Monaghan Aug 5th Arcadian Field, Dundalk Aug 6th Feile Beag, Thurles Sep 3rd Electric Picnic Watch the video for “Dahlia”...

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